How well can my laptop run Skyrim (normal edition)?

Mar 14, 2018
I have a HP 250 G5 Notebook PC with an Intel i5-6200U 2.30GHz with 4Gb of ram and Intel HD graphics 520 and I just wanted to know how well it would run skyrim.


Back around 2014 a friend of mine was interested in playing Skyrim on a laptop with a 4th gen Core i5-4200u CPU and Intel HD 4400 with a 1080p screen and 8GB of RAM. I have a pretty similar laptop, but it also had a Radeon HD 8850m dedicated GPU. I already had Skyrim installed on that laptop so I disabled the Radeon HD 8850m to force Skyrim to use the Intel HD 4400. I backed up the SkyrimPref.ini file before I stated to make a lot of edits.

The SkyrimPref.ini file has a lot of graphic settings that you cannot be changed in the game's graphics options. For example, the only way to disable shadows is to do it in the SkyrimPref.ini file. Disabling shadows can really improve performance, but I made a lot more edits than simply disabling shadows.

In the end, I tweaked Skyrim to the point where it ran at between 40 FPS and 50 FPS most of the time at 1600x900 resolution. Combat can cause FPS dip sometimes and FPS will drop outdoors when the game loads new map textures. I let him play Skyrim on my laptop to try it out. He was satisfied with the performance.

To disable shadows in the SkyrimPref.ini file you need to search for the display section labeled as [Display]. From there you should make the following changes which changes the distance of how far shadows will appear before they fade. Changing the values to 0 disables shadows.




The following link lead you to a guide on how to tweak the SkyrimPref.ini file. It is pretty comprehensive.

WARNING: The site is extremely ad heavy. It refreshes ads a lot and can cause your laptop to lag while it is refreshing so I recommend using an ad blocker app for your browser.


If you think this is too much work to increase Skyrim's performance on your laptop, then my advice would be to skip Skyrim.


Using the default settings at 1366x768 you can more or less get 30 FPS with some dips here and there based on the video below. That is with 2 sticks of 4GB of RAM; a total of 8GB.

Having 2 sticks of RAM instead of only 1 stick means the RAM will be running in dual channel mode (full speed) rather than single channel mode (half speed). This can improve game performance when using integrated graphics by around 10% to 20% depending on the game.
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